oddball odd"ball` ([o^]d"b[add]l`), n. 1. A person with an unusual or odd personality; an eccentric person. [informal]

Syn: eccentric, eccentric person, geek. [WordNet 1.5]

2. Hence: Anything unusual in its class. [PJC]

Pluto is an oddball among its eight sister planets. It's the smallest in both size and mass, and has the most elliptical orbit. It moves in a plane tilted markedly away from the other planets' orbits. Moreover, Pluto is the only planet made almost entirely of ice. --Ron Cohen (Science News, Feb. 27, 1999, p. 139)

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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